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Student Handbook: Students' Rights and Responsibilities

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Value: Respect for Property and the Environment

 Smoking Policy 

  •  Definition:  Any smoking outside of designated smoking area
  •  Minimum Sanction: Warning, $25 fine and health education

 Stealing or Possession of Stolen or Lost Property

  • Definition: The unauthorized taking or keeping in one’s possession items of university property; items rented, leased or placed on the campus; or items belonging to students, faculty, staff, guests of the university or others.
  • Minimum Sanction: Probation, $100 fine and restitution

Vandalism

  • Definition: Destroying, defacing or damaging university property or property belonging to students, faculty, staff or guests of the university including, but not limited to, tampering with, misusing or abusing computer equipment, programs and/or data.
  • Minimum Sanction: Probation and restitution, $75 fine

Setting a Fire and Arson

  • Definition:
    • Fire setting—deliberately lighting a fire without authorization
    • Fire setting in an occupied building
    • Arson—those fires set with the intention of destroying property 
  • Minimum Sanction:
    • Fire setting—Probation and restitution
    • Fire setting in an occupied building—University suspension
    • Arson—Expulsion

Tampering with Fire and Safety Equipment

  • Definition:  Tampering with or removing fire alarms, fire extinguishers, exit signs or other safety equipment and giving false alarms.
  • Minimum Sanction:  Probation and $100 fine

Possessing Firearms or Weapons on Campus

  • Definition: The possession, whether openly or concealed, of any weapon including, but not limited to, firearms, explosives, BB guns, throwing stars, knives with blades of more than four inches, and any other weapon of any kind or an imitation that could be used to cause fear in another person.
  • Minimum Sanction: Probation and $100 fine

Possessing or Using Fireworks on Campus

  • Definition: Possession or use of fireworks on campus.
  • Minimum Sanction:
    • First offense—Reprimand
    • Second offense—Probation and $50 fine

Unauthorized Entry

  • Definition: Entering any university building or facility without authorization.
  • Minimum Sanction: Reprimand

Stealing or Unauthorized Use or Possession of Money or other Negotiable Instruments

  • Definition: The unauthorized taking or keeping in one’s possession or on one’s premises money, credit cards, checks or other negotiable instruments belonging to students, faculty, staff, guests, the university or other individuals.
  • Minimum Sanction: Probation, $50 fine and restitution
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